BBF Free Software Links
The previous thread here was getting a little long in the tooth so here’s the new, revamped BBF free software links page.
The only criteria for a piece of software appearing here is that it’s free and useful.
If you want to recommend some free software then post elsewhere in this forum section and we’ll add it to this thread.
As so many here are now using Linux, I’ll start a separate post within this thread for Linux applications. Please feel free to recommend good software packages for Linux Distros.
Antivir An anti-virus program.
Avast An anti-virus program.
Crap Cleaner CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history.
AdAwareSE Malware cleaner
A-Squared Malware cleaner Note: No longer free as at April 2006. Trial version only.
Malwarebytes Malwarebytes has developed a variety of tools that can identify and remove malicious software from your computer. When your computer becomes infected, Malwarebytes can provide the needed assistance to remove the infection and restore the machine back to optimum performance.
Spybot Search & Destroy Malware cleaner.
Spywareblaster Malware preventer. Blocks malware. Runs in background.
Guru 3D All latest Video drivers for every make of video card including Beta drivers. Tools, benchmarks, tweaks, all things concerning video cards.
Omega Drivers Optimised and re-written drivers the author claims improve gaming. For Nvidia & ATI cards.
Nividia Home Page For latest drivers straight from the manufacturer.
ATI Home Page For latest drivers direct from the manufacturer.
Memtest Tests motherboard memory. Download program or ISO then boot from floppy or CD.
Ultimate Boot CD Consolidates as many diagnostic tools as possible into one bootable CD.
Speedfan Monitors temperatures, voltages and fan speeds.
Motherboard Monitor Monitors temperatures, voltages and fan speeds. Last version made in 2004, suitable for older motherboards.
Bootdisk Download bootdisks. Including the one you need to have to flash a Bios.
Prime 95 A CPU Stress test, ideal for checking if your overclock is stable.
Intel Burn Test Tool that helps Intel Core 2-based (or others) test for system stability in a relatively short time (greatly shorter than Prime95). The program utilizes Intel's very own CPU stress testing binaries for the most stressful, and speedy testing.
CPUID. Gathers information on your CPU; Memory; Motherboard & system, including FSB & Multiplier.
Bart's bootable live Windows CD/DVD Gives you a complete Win32 environment with network support, a graphical user interface (800x600) and FAT/NTFS/CDFS filesystem support. Very handy for burn-in testing systems with no OS, rescuing files to a network share, virus scan and so on.
JV16 Registry Cleaner A registry cleaner. Use with caution.
Easy Cleaner A registry cleaner. Use with caution.
AM-Deadlink Removes dead and duplicate bookmarks in most browsers.
SiSoft Sandra System Diagnostics (note only the lite version is free).
SysInternal Lots of freeware programs, too many to list here, under categories: File & Disk; Security; Networking; Processes & Threads; System Information; Miscellaneous.
As of July 18th 2006 Sysinternals has been bought out by Microsoft. This means it's likely that in the near future their freeware may no longer be freeware, so grab 'em while you can.
Printscreen A screen capture facility.
Screen Hunter A screen capture facility (note only the lite version is free).
Irfanview A graphics editor package.
The Gimp A graphics editor package. Similar to Photoshop.
Mailwasher Stops Spam. Bounces unwanted e-mails straight back before it's even left the sender's server. Free version works with only one e-mail account.
Open Office An office suite similar to and compatible with MS Office.
Foxit A free PDF reader that's only 2.1Mb as opposed to Adobe's Acrobat Reader which is around 20Mb. No annoying prompts or pop-ups either.
DVD Shrink Enables you to back up your commercially purchased DVD's. DVD Shrink Tutorials
DVD Fab Decrypter DVD Movie backup software. Removes coding. The link for the free version is at the bottom of the page in very small print marked 'Free Stuff'. The two paid versions offer more facilities
Audacity An audio editing facility.
CDex Convert between audio formats, WAV, mp3 etc.
Exact Audio Copy As it says. For most exact copy of audio. Copying can be a lengthy process, but accurate.
Winamp A media player with the emphasis on audio playback. Thousands of skins available.
Last edited by Troy; 07-22-2010 at 09:10 PM.